Napoleon’s Egyptian Girl

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  • Published: September 2017
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 300
  • Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781532021640
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Napoleon Bonaparte led forty thousand troops to Egypt in the French Revolutionary Wars against Britain. The French were in Egypt for three years in 1798–1801, during which time they associated with the Egyptian people and founded an academic institute called The Egyptian Institute. Zaynab, the daughter of a high religious shaykh of al-Azhar, visited the institute, learned French, and became close to the French. She became associated with Bonaparte through her father’s ambitions to use Bonaparte to further his religious career, quite as Bonaparte used the shaykh to give Muslim legitimacy to his position as ruler of Egypt “in sevice to the Ottoman Sultan.” Both were trying to use the other to their own advantage. The shaykh’s daughter, Zaynab, gets caught in the middle and will pay the price of “collaboration” when the French are forced to abandon Egypt.

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